Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Series: Heist Society #2
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.
Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
UNCOMMON CRIMINALS is the second book in this series and was a step up from it’s predecessor, HEIST SOCIETY. In the first book, I felt like I was being dragged along, whereas in this book I felt like a real part of the story.
Katarina is approached by a mysterious woman and her grandson who knows her true identity and occupation, for she has a job for her: steal the Cleopatra Emerald, something no one has ever been able to pull off. Not only that, but it is said the emerald is cursed. Katarina is not even thinking about accepting the job until the woman drops Visily Romani’s name into the mix. This, of course, pique’s her interest.
This installment introduced a few new characters, and really delved into the history of familiar characters. This was very interesting, and many of the novels twists came from these new developments.
Hale and Katarina’s relationship is slowly developing to be something stronger than friendship, but it happens almost in the background where the reader is not entirely privy to what happens. Hale’s character confused me, at one moment he was pushing Kat away, then another he was desperate for her.
These novels are quick, easy reads that keep you entertained for a few hours with its excellent pacing and characters. However, much like HEIST SOCIETY, it really lacks that one moment that makes it a truly fantastic novel.
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